Whitsunday airport – another broken election promise by Labor

20 Dec 2011 3:57 PMJann Stuckey

20 December 2011

LABOR’S $7 million Whitsunday airport upgrade announcement today was a pathetic attempt by Jan Jarratt to hoodwink locals, the LNP said today.

LNP Shadow Minister for Tourism, Manufacturing and Small Business Jann Stuckey said today’s announcement was nothing more than an expensive con job to cover-up Labor’s broken election promise to the region.

“The upgrade, which has been delivered a year behind schedule and $3 million over budget, will not deliver any expansion of the runway – none at all,” Ms Stuckey said.

“It’s a political scam on the eve of an election by the Labor’s Tourism Minister and local Member because the entire runway at the airport, south of Proserpine, needs to be completely resurfaced.

“In 2009, Labor promised a fair dinkum upgrade that included runway improvements.

“Jan Jarratt promised that airport renovations and runway resurfacing would attract more tourists to the Whitsundays.

“All they’ve got under Jan Jarratt is a better building, but no upgraded runway that the airlines have been calling for before any extra flights.

“This is a Minister who sat back and watched her mate Mike Brunker gouge one third of Tourism Whitsundays budget from local operators.

“Queensland’s struggling tourism sector can’t afford another three years of Labor inaction, not now.

“It’s time for a change.  It’s time to get Queensland back on track,” Ms Stuckey said.